New Exhibition: Women’s Voices: Then and Now - A Creative Celebration of Women’s Stories from 1916 to 1923

Smashing Times are delighted to announce the launch of our new Exhibition titled Women’s Voices: Then and Now - A Creative Celebration of Women’s Stories from 1916 to 1923, taking place to mark International Women’s Day 2019.

Where:                 St Laurence’s, Grangegorman, Dublin 7

When:                  Friday 8 March 2019 7-9pm

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This celebratory evening which marks International Women’s Day 2019 features a performance of Constance and Her Friends by Mary Moynihan, performed by Megan O’Malley, a film screening of a new short film and a panel discussion titled Women’s Voices: Then and Now celebrating the lives of women in Irish history from 1916 to 1923 and women’s voices today.

The Compere for the evening is Orla O’Connor, Head of the National Women’s Council of Ireland.

Guest speakers on the panel include Mary Moynihan, Theatre and Film Maker, and Artistic Director of Smashing Times, Edel O’Brien, Film Maker and Raymond Keane, Award Winning Actor.

The evening culminates in the launch of our online exhibition featuring research, articles, biographies and photographs along with 100 statements from members of the public in the Grangegorman area where the company are based gathered by artists in response to the theme of the centenary celebration of votes for women and exploring what the vote means today.  The exhibition features stories of change experienced by women from the past and today and a new theatre workshop model.

Women’s stories include Constance Markievicz, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington and Dr Kathleen Lynn who were active in Ireland’s struggle for freedom and in the suffrage campaign for votes for women and the remarkable life and career of Dr Eleanora Fleury, a psychiatrist  who once worked at the Richmond Asylum, originally located in Grangegorman where our event is taking place. The evening brings together citizens, artists, activists and guest speakers  to reflect on the legacy of these women today  exploring the kind of Ireland we want for the future, at a local level in the Grangegorman area of Dublin, at a national level for all men and women in Ireland and at a European level.  Reflecting on the Easter Rising and the centenary of votes for women, the exhibition is an evocative remembrance of  powerful women’s stories from a unique period in  history including women who campaigned for the right to vote. The exhibition will be  accessible through the Smashing Times International (online) Centre for the Arts and Human Rights at www.smashingtimes.ie

The above event is held as part of Smashing Times: A Creative Celebration of the Centenary Vote for Women  which uses creative processes of theatre, film and online digital resources to celebrate the centenary vote for women and to reflect on the experiences of women today in relation to gender equality, human rights and diversity.

The lead artist is Mary Moynihan working with Róisin McAtamney, actor, director and facilitator; Megan O’Malley, actor; Niamh Clowry, Researcher; Freda Manweiler, Producer; and Dr Eric Weitz, Adjunct Professor of Drama, Trinity College, Dublin.  The partners are St Paul’s CBS Secondary School; Stanhope Street Secondary School; HACE, Henrietta Adult and Community Education and Mount Temple Comprehensive School.  The project is supported by  ‘ . . . the lives we live’ Grangegorman Public Art; the Grangegorman Development Agency; Dublin City Council; and the Creative Ireland Dublin City Programme 2018 and Dublin City Public Library Archive.

The Creative Ireland programme is an all-of-Government five-year initiative from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy.  Further information from creativeireland.ie and ireland.ie. 

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